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  • Series: Heralds of Valdemar
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (December 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756403251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756403256
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.

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This is the third book of short stories in the Valdemar Universe.
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I've either read or plan to read everything I've come across from her, either as sole author or co-written.
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"Song for Two Voices" by Janni Lee Simner tells a story of true love among Holderkin.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By F. Chloupek on January 22, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've been a fan of Mercedes Lackey since the mid 80s. I've either read or plan to read everything I've come across from her, either as sole author or co-written. This passion extends to the Valdemar anthology short stories that have also been published.

Given this its hard to be objective with any review.

In a series of stories set in an author's universe, I look to see if the stories contribute to the realm that has been created. Certainly in this case the answer is 'Yes!" as Lackey's Valdemar is a rich world to explore. The high points of this anthology include the excellent "Transmutation" by Larry Dixon (One would expect the author's husband and often co-author to be included here -- this story in itself justified the purchase for me) and Lackey's own "Landscape of The Imagination" -- a short Tarma and Kethry story. I also particularly liked Judith Tarr's "Darkwall's Lady" and Sarah Hoyt & Kate Paulk's "A Change Of Heart." With any anthology there were a few others that were less memorable, but any Lackey/Valdemar fan should enjoy this work. All stories are original.

Familiarity with the world of Valdemar is not required, though as with any intricate universe, the more one reads set in it, the better one appreciates it. As a first introduction though, I would suggest going directly to Lackey's works.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By marymuse VINE VOICE on January 3, 2006
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It was with some sadness I awaited the arrival of Crossroads and other Tales of Valdemar. Mercedes Lackey's vibrant world introduced me to the world of fantasy, and I knew it was going to be the last of Valdemar for a while. I found this anthology to be a collection of moving stories exploring all aspects of living in Valdemar. Not just tales of Heralds, this collection spans the variety that can be found. I regret no stories of Tayledras, though Larry Dixon's gryphon story that opened the anthology moved me to tears.

Most of the stories dealt with war and its harsh realities. Perhaps it's a reflection of the era in which we live, perhaps it's because a good battle makes a good story. Either way, these tales go beyond just a story. They evoke a life, and a world, in which we all would want to live.

Mercedes Lackey brings us another tale of Tarma and Kethry, and I am glad, for to me, no Valdemar collection would be complete without these legendary figures. It was their books that got me to thinking about paganism, and their stories broadened an already wide world.

With works by such diverse authors as Michael Z. Williamson, Mickey Zucker Riechert, Tanya Huff, Fiona Patton, Judith Tarr, Brenda Cooper, and others, the authors' unique voices shine through united in a love of the world that Mercedes Lackey created. Like many others, I hope this isn't her last Valdemar book, but if it is, then it is a worthy grand finale.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BAW on January 26, 2006
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Misty--if I may so call her--has said that she does not foresee writing any more Valdemar stories. I am sorry, for I have enjoyed them greatly. However, the last few have not been up to her usual high standards, so perhaps it is for the best.

Thanks, Misty.

All the stories were good-although, of course, some better than others. There were a few which really didn't seem to be Valdemar stories at all; they were good stories, but the bits that were distinctly Valdemar seemed to have just been stuck on, as though the author was anticipating later scraping the serial numbers off. Still, all-in-all, well worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Robinson VINE VOICE on August 26, 2007
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Unlike the current trend in anthologies to have novella length stories (see Winter Moon for instance) this is a collection of shorts which overall is very good. The worst of the stories would rate a 3 stars (much better than average) and the best 4 1/2 stars (just short of outstanding).

Like the quality of the stories their relation to Vaqldimar varies. Some could have as well been set in Venice, LA or NY (and some of these were very good too). Overall and excellent read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on July 19, 2014
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Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar (2005) is the third Fantasy anthology in the Valdemar milieu, following Sun in Glory. The initial volume in this sequence is Sword of Ice.

This volume contains an introduction and sixteen original stories, with short author bios before each story.

- "Crossroads: An Introduction" by Mercedes Lackey reminisces about editing these Valdemar anthologies.

- "Transmutation" by Larry Dixon brings a griffin to save a Guard troop and the life of its leader.

- "The Feast of Children" by Nancy Asire gives a village priest of Vkandis Sunlord a bit of extra strength to save six children.

- "Death in Keenspur House" by Richard Lee Byers puts Selden in charge of another murder case complicated by friction between the Blues and Greens.

- "Dawn of Sorrows" by Brenda Cooper pushes a Herald into describing his sister's death to a Bardic trainee.

- "Horse of Air" by Rosemary Edghill takes a Herald who has lost his Companions into a new line of work.

- "A Change of Heart" by Sarah A. Hoyt & Kate Paulk presents the first tale of Ree and Jem. Other stories of the pair are found in later volumes.

- "All the Ages of Man" by Tanya Huff dumps a female Herald-intern onto Jors when her first mentor has a death in the family.

- "War Cry" by Michael Longcor inflicts a headache on a young Guardsman facing his first battle.
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